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Friday, May 17, 2019

Anticipation


Spring is an exciting time of year!  What I love about it is the anticipation of what is to come.  Just like waiting to unwrap the presents under the Christmas tree when I was a child, the anticipation of flowers unfurling from their tightly wrapped buds is half the fun.  Come see what's in my garden and what awaits.

Welcome to my garden!

The early flowering plants like chives preside over the lambs ears just now presenting their gifts still wrapped in the bud. . . .


The heavenly scent of the gardenia is sparked in my memory by its bud. . . .


The rose with its thorns reminds me that like in life along with its beauty must come hurt at times. . . .


The baptisa stands in my shadow as I photograph its promise-to-be. . . .


The delicate columbine bows its head in prayer before opening its bud into a thing of beauty. . . .


Just when I think the blue-eyed grass flower has stopped blooming a new blossom appears the next day reminding me that God's blessings are new every morning. . . .


The strawberry bud becomes a pretty flower and then bears fruit but just like life I must be patient for it to ripen. . . .


The lily will burst open reminding me of the exuberance of that young child that I once was on Christmas morning. . . .


The stern-looking penstemon will surprise with its delicate bell-shaped flowers. . . .


The ox-eye daisy just showed up in the gravel in my garden and sows its everyday beauty everywhere every Spring. . . .


For years I did not have many blooms on my peonies.  Come to find out the tight buds make excellent missiles to throw at one's brother. . . .


The climbing hydrangea that I planted a few years ago has finally started its climb upward on the arbor trellis--a reminder to not give up. . . .


“Well," said Pooh, "what I like best," and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called.” 
― A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh


16 comments:

  1. Cathy this is breathtaking glory ...Godś garden for sure. Such an amazing variety. It is taking my breath away how you research everything, and study it.. know it and combine it so beautifully to heal the reader in all the whole picture. True Genius is yours. Thank you for this.. I will come back to it often and hope you post them later as they all come into their fullness. I adore you gate and just everything you do becuase you do it to the glory of GOD..and it shows.. Much Love , Merri

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    1. Thank you, Merri. I know that you love God's creation as much as I do. The blossoms after each bud photo are from previous years. We shall have to see how this year's blooms turn out. We had lots of rain and cooler temperatures.

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  2. Really loved this post! I felt like I too was walking through your garden. I love your narrative during the walk giving praise to our GOD's beauty. <3

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    1. I glad it brought you joy, Sandy. Florida has its own charms but I know you miss what up North has to offer.

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  3. Thank you for sharing your lovely garden, Cathy. The hope of a gardener in Spring certainly brings joy to the heart. I'm so glad I live where there are seasonal changes to excite me when I need it most.

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    1. I totally agree with you! Living where you have 4 distinct seasons bring much joy to life!

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  4. You took us on a beautiful stroll through Gods creation, I enjoyed every moment.

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  5. It's magical to watch the wonder that our gardens are returning to us after the long, dark winter months. You have some beautiful plants to watch as they break through the ground and bring, once more, their beauty to the world.

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    1. I know that you have particular challenges to gardening in your part of the world, Deborah, so I know just how magical it must be each year for your plants to re-emerge with the promise of much beauty!

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  6. Your garden photos are glorious, Cathy. As is the garden itself, of course. And as usual, I learned something. Had never heard of penstemon or baptisa before. Can't wait to see what they look like when blooming. And "Anticipation" is the perfect name for this post. For Spring itself, I guess. Everyone I know who're lucky enough to have gardens are so busy & happy at this time of year. My SIL, who has the green thumb in our family, always has a showplace like you do - and she's out in her garden til 7 or 8 at night lately [after a full day of work]. I honestly don't know how she sees what she's doing sometimes, but she loves it. She even plants something for their cat. I don't think it's catnip but it's something cats like to eat - some kind of grass, I think. They let him outside occasionally when they can watch him - and he loves the stuff. Even rolls in it. She grows a lot of herbs too, and makes the yummiest pesto. Every year we all get jars of it in our stockings. Do you grow herbs as well? Well, color me jealous. I can only have potted plants but envy you people with real dirt to dig. You can be so much more creative! Have a wonderful time digging, planting & watering! 🌿

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    1. Hi Janet! I have herbs in pots on my deck, so you could easily grow them if you have a balcony with sun part of the day. With the photos--I followed each with a photo of the plant in bloom from last or the year before so you can see what it will look like in a couple weeks.

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  7. It's a joy to walk through more of your garden. You must have a green thumb, or maybe hand!

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    1. My gardening expertise is hit and miss. It seems nature steps in and plants things I never planted. I have volunteer ferns filling my yard, hostas, daisies and lots of other little plants that came via birds I suppose or the squirrels--they're good at spreading daffodils around the property.

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  8. Thank you so much for this pleasant walk through your garden Cathy.

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